Death and the Maiden Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Paulina persists in questioning Gerardo about the affair, how does he respond.

2. What is Gerardo trying to get Paulina to tell him?

3. Besides his voice, how else does Paulina know Roberta was one of her torturers?

4. How many lines does Paulina speak in this scene?

5. What does Paulina say to reassure Gerardo.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roberto asserts that Gerardo's wife needs psychiatric treatment. Gerardo assures him that he is her treatment.

1. Based on what you've seen thus far of Paulina's actions, do you think she needs psychiatric treatment? Why or why not?

2. Do you think needs psychiatric treatment would be beneficial to anyone who has undergone torture? Why or why not?

3. Do you think a husband should be trying to act as his wife's psychiatrist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

As Paulina pays for some candy at the concert, Roberto enters. According to the stage direction, he may be real, or just in Paulina's head.

1. Do you think Roberto is there or that Paulina killed him? Why or why not?

2. If Paulina killed him, why do you think she would see him at a concert that played Schubert's Death and the Maiden?

3. Do you think it is more likely that Roberto is at the concert or that Paulina is insane? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Paulina has said she wants Gerardo to defend the truth on the Investigating Commission.

1. What do you think she meant by this statement? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

2. Do you think Paulina believes Gerardo is too weak to insist on the truth if she isn't pushing him? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the truth should be more important to Gerardo than it is? Why or why not?

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